Head, Teaching & Learning Programs – Internal Search
Department Teaching & Learning Programs
Position Type Faculty
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Appointment Rank Assistant/Associate Professor
Reports To Associate Dean
Salary Minimum $58,000


The University of Tennessee Libraries seeks a highly motivated and collaborative individual to lead our Teaching and Learning Programs Department. This position provides vision and strategic direction in the design, implementation, and promotion of library programmatic instruction at all user levels. The Head provides leadership in assessing user experience, curricular needs, and the impact of instructional efforts, ensuring alignment with the needs of the University. This position forges strategic alliances with campus partners to meet instructional goals and demand. The successful candidate will establish best practices in the application of inclusive pedagogical principles to Libraries’ instructional initiatives and provide regular professional development for librarians and staff in methods, technologies, and spaces that support teaching and learning.

The Head, Teaching and Learning Programs serves as department head for a core group of tenure-line liaisons whose positions emphasize teaching, learning, and student success. This individual fosters a responsive, user-oriented department that works collegially to build relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the greater campus teaching and learning community. The Head has oversight of efforts in support of the general education curriculum, including support for transfer, first-year, and other student populations. Joins all librarians in providing the highest quality information and user education programs for undergraduates, graduate students, distance or online students, and other user populations.

This key leadership position actively participates in management of the Libraries through Library Council and other committees and groups, and successfully collaborates with others in the Libraries to deliver excellent teaching and learning programs. The department currently includes four full-time librarians, one full-time staff, and one graduate teaching assistant. The successful candidate must exhibit flexibility and the ability to work cooperatively and effectively to achieve common goals and meet changing needs within a culture of continuous learning.

Responsibilities & Duties


  • Directly supervises tenure-line faculty librarians
  • Leads collaborative efforts to integrate information literacy outcomes throughout University programs
  • Oversees coordination of in-person and online library instruction for core general education courses to achieve teaching and learning goals and to meet instructional demand
  • Plans and implements training and professional development opportunities for librarians and staff on varied aspects of library instruction, including pedagogy, best practices and resources
  • Creates relationships with core teaching faculty and campus units, such as Teaching and Learning Innovation and others, to nurture a vision for innovative, thoughtful, and engaging teaching practice
  • Assesses and evaluates Libraries’ programmatic instruction focusing on outcomes and impact
  • Provides guidance on best practices and assessment of teaching and learning activities for undergraduates, graduate students, distance and online students, and other user populations
  • Instructs students, faculty and staff through orientations, tours, classroom presentations, and workshops, and through the application of online instructional technology
  • Participates in continuing education opportunities in order to enhance skills and to remain abreast of continuing developments in the field

Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Service

  • Engages in scholarly activity through publications, presentations, and other creative outlets
  • Participates in professional activities associated with job functions and research interests
  • Serves on library, university, and professional committees
  • Serves the library profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other information professionals

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic library setting
  • Supervisory experience in an academic, special, or research library environment
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in a higher education setting
  • Experience teaching information literacy in an academic library setting
  • Evidence of successful collaboration and the ability to promote teamwork
  • Knowledge of library pedagogy and best practices including familiarity with the ACRL Framework
  • Demonstrated experience in user-experience and assessment
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Successful experience in forging strong relationships and partnerships

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience supervising tenure track faculty
  • Experience developing and hosting professional development opportunities
  • Knowledge of trends and emerging technologies in library instruction and online education
  • Record of research or creative activity
  • Evidence of involvement in service activities related to the position


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of Tennessee’s premier public research university. The University of Tennessee holds the Carnegie Foundation Research 1 designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity.

The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus—through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Library in the heart of campus houses the majority of the UT Libraries’ collections and many unique services. Two branch libraries offer specialized collections and services: the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library and the George F. DeVine Music Library.

The UT Libraries is a national leader in digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository, Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise. The UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, HathiTrust, the Library Publishing Coalition, LYRASIS, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other University of Tennessee System libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment. More information about how we put our principles of civility and community into action is available at https://www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/.

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at https://www.lib.utk.edu/employment/position/head-teaching-learning-programs/


Appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor with a minimum salary of $58,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.  Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.

Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development.

UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.

Application Procedures

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Executive Director, Libraries Administration and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to ejgreene@utk.edu.  Review of applications will begin August 19, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

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All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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